In 1518 Michael Devereaux is sent to the court of King Henry VIII . He is the adopted
heir of the Earl of Tyrone, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Tyrone wishes to ingratiate himself
with King Henry. In the court Michael meets Princess Renee de Valois of France, daughter of
King Louis, who has been sent to court on a special mission. They immediately become
enamored with each other. When there are unexplained killings in the court, Michael is
persuaded by Cardinal Woolsey to investigate. Mysterious events lead him to the Vatican in
Rome, which might have tragic effects on his own life.
Royal Blood can be considered an historical novel, a romance, a mystery with
intrigue... all of these. There are even a number of steamy sex episodes. It is filled with
the atmosphere of Tudor England. The author has thoroughly researched the customs, the dress,
politics, and even the language of that period. The characters are well portrayed, especially
Renee who is portrayed as a strong determined woman.
I will admit that I was disappointed in the book. I do not read vampire books—avoid
them as much as possible. Therefore I was dismayed partway into the story to be confronted
with the vampire thread. The plot until then held my interest. I forced myself to continue
just to learn the conclusion.